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Galaxy Note 7 is now a fire risk on airplanes

Galaxy Note 7 now a fire risk on airplanes
Galaxy Note 7 now a fire risk on airplanes
The FAA is "strongly advising passengers not to turn on or charge these devices" after Samsung's recent worldwide recall of its latest flagship smartphone.

Leave the Galaxy Note 7 at home next to your toothpaste and water bottle as the Federal Aviation Administration will not be taking any risks with the Galaxy Note 7 and its recent battery fires on board airplanes or checked baggage. There are already regulations in place regarding battery-powered electronics and spare batteries, but the FAA is specifically calling out the Samsung phablet in its latest warning.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the FAA made the announcement no less than one week since Samsung announced its global recall. The South Korean manufacturer will reportedly be working closely with the FAA to "alleviate any safety concerns and reduce any inconvenience for our customers". In contrast, South Korean airlines will not be taking any specific new measures against passengers carrying the Galaxy Note 7.

Like the Galaxy S7, the Galaxy Note 7 launched to critical acclaim in terms of aesthetics and performance. The latest recall, however, is expected to leave a scar on the Galaxy image and has come at a bad time against Apple's upcoming iPhone 7.


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Allen Ngo, 2016-09-10 (Update: 2016-09-10)